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Welcome to Designers Sweet Spot!

I have been a mom for 22 years. Along the way, I became a DIY-er, a gardener, a cook, and Professor of our home school. Twenty three years later, our four teenage sons are beginning to leave the nest, my world is changing once again. Major life changes have relocated us, and I have discovered that blogging is my new passion.

We are in the process of re-building our home life in a new place. It is an incredible journey, I never would have guessed what God had in store for us. He is faithful, He has kept all his promises and we will continue to trust in Him.

I began blogging in 2009. I thought writing about our home of 10 years would help save us from foreclosure. I thought if people could see our house, they would want to buy it. I was disappointed that my ploy did not work, and we soon lost our home anyway. After several moves, and a couple of years had passed, I began DSS with a more general design concept. I decided that blogging about our home was too limiting for me. Too many good ideas would never make it to the blog, just like my prior experiences in the design world. I now blog for the fun of it, to inspire others and help people see the “silver lining” in their home every day. You can have a designer look on a thrift store budget.

The name Designers Sweet Spot came from a speech that I gave called “Sweet Spot of God’s Grace”. This is how I live every day, in God’s Grace.

Blogging has been a tremendous learning experience and challenge. Re-learning the new aspects of design on the computer is a struggle, but I am persistent and will persevere. I have made new virtual blogger friends and am constantly awed and amazed by what talented people they are. Just as I knew that corporate world wasn’t for me, I know that the blog world is, and I look forward to being a part of it for a long time.

 

I recently put together this welcome video, it’s kind of my blog in a nut shell.

Features

I am very thankful to have recently been featured on the following websites:

Huffington Post has featured several of my projects including Almond Hand Creme, DIY Art Supply CarrierPlanted Chicken Coop, and Spooky Succulent Garden.

Several of my projects were featured in The Everything Home Magazine.

Apartment Therapy featured our Ombre Stenciled Master Bedroom Wall.

Betty Bling, DIY Drain Cleaner, Painted Velvet Chairs, Faux Urban Loft, DIY Art Caddie, Succulent Ice Cube Tray, Spooky Succulent Garden, Kitchen Pantry Decor were featured on Hometalk.

Jessica was a creative contestant in the Season 18 So You Think Your Crafty Challenge.

My post on DIY Twig Stars was on Magical Homes.

Re-Purpose Your Christmas Tree and DIY Inspirational Notebooks were featured at Imparting Grace.

Our family was featured in the Wisconsin State Journal on keeping Christ in Christmas.

teal couch

Personal Interview

Tell me a little bit about yourself and your blog.

I started my blog in 2009. I needed a new creative outlet. For years we had been renovating our home and we were trying to sell it right when the real-estate market crashed. I thought that if people could see how beautiful our house was on the inside, and learn the story behind it, it would sell. It didn’t sell, but I discovered that I really enjoyed blogging and sharing my creations, and have been doing it ever since.

Sock Snake
When did you start crafting and what are your earliest memories about crafting?

I was always a creative kid. Other girls would spend hours playing with their dolls, I would spend hours making clothes for my dolls or building houses and furniture for them to live in. By the time I was 12, I had moved on to refinishing furniture, cooking and sewing my own clothes. I was fortunate to have other creative people around me for inspiration when I was growing up.

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What is your favorite medium to work with?

I love to paint. I am addicted to it. There is nothing better than seeing just the right color on just the right object. Over the scope of 10 years I painted the 11 rooms in our house 33 times. Some women love to clean, I love to paint. It makes me happy and is far cheaper than therapy.

Confetti soap and wash towel

What is one craft or DIY skill you’d love to master?

I am working on learning to knit. I really enjoy it, but find that I loose concentration after a while and drop stitches. I loose count of stitches and mix up patterns all the time. Women who knit amaze me, I would love to master it someday.

Claw Foot Tub
What’s your number one favorite guilty pleasure?

My biggest guilty pleasure is soaking in a bubble bath with a glass of wine and some beautiful classical music. It relaxes me and helps me focus mentally.
What’s your favorite thing to do (other than crafting of course)?

We love spending time outdoors. During the summer we love to go for long walks. I have discovered that I also enjoy taking pictures of things I see on the way.
How do you stay organized?

I am not organized at all. I seem have “pockets” of organization. For example, I keep all my blog supplies in a big china cabinet on our back porch, but that’s as far as it goes. I tend to organize things by color or project, which makes complete sense to me but confuses everyone else.

kayaks on the river

It is my goal to take weekends off to be inspired. I love to travel, and always find things to inspire my work. Since I am one of those creative people, you just never know when inspiration will hit. Sometimes you have to break your own rules and share things right now or you can’t sleep at night. Am I the only one who has this problem?? Don’t answer that.

For questions or collaborations contact jessica@designersweetspot.com.

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